A Beginner's Guide to Accommodations and Modifications






Are you a teacher or parent new to the school system? Do you have a child or student who has just entered special education? If so, you are most likely spending half your time deciphering the meanings of acronyms (IEP), abbreviations (504 Plan) and education related terms such as "push-in" or "pull-out". In the world of special education, there is no special attempt to help parents and general education teachers understand the language that seems to be only used inside the four walls of an IEP (which stands for Individual Education Plan) meeting room. 

Two terms that cause the most confusion, even for seasoned educators, are the words most commonly used in an IEP meeting - accommodations (sometimes used interchangably with adaptations) and modifications. Both describe methods for supporting student learning and have significantly different implications for services and future opportunities. 

Learn the differences between accommodations, modifications and what it means for students in an article I recently wrote called, Special Education Accommodations vs Modifications Explained. In this article you will learn:


  • When and why accommodations are used
  • Examples of accommodations
  • How a modified program facilitiates inclusion
  • What a modified program means for your student

If you need more information, have a look at this page and this page. Both have charts and pictures of examples. 

And, as always, feel free to connect with me by leaving a message below, on Facebook or Twitter if you have any questions!


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